“Sharing experience and learning in the implementation of CBEHPP”
Hotel Umubano, May 25th and 26th, 2017 Kigali, Rwanda
Organised by Ministry of Health, WaterAid and Africa AHEAD.
The Ministry of Health launched the Community Based Environmental Health PromotionProgramme (CBEHPP) in 2009 and invited all development partners to actively support the programme. Appropriate training materials and financial and human resourses have been mobilised towards achieving effective implementation and achievement of the objectives of the CBEHPP in terms of preventative health and national poverty reduction outcomes.
Achievements of CBEHPP todate:
So far, the CBEHPP is being implemented through CHC methodology as planned and 95 % of the country is covered. Yet, the program still needs efforts for effectiveness and total coverage of villages and safe practices towards preventative health and national poverty reduction. Two previous National workshops have been held in Muhanga and Kigali in 2012 and 2015 respectively and helped to share progress and experience to shape and motivate for improved implementation and scale up the program. At the moment of the third national workshop, tangible improvements have been made. The functionality of CHCs passed from 12% of fully functional CHCs in 2012 to 42.3 % of fully functional CHCs in 2017. The involvement of government/ local leaders and development partners in terms of support, funding and research increased tremendously.
This third National workshop on CBEHPP implementation was held with objectives to:
- Refresh stakeholders on priorities and plans related to CBEHPP and how best Civil Society Organizations and development partners can support the implementation of CBEHPP at district and national level to ensure that we meet national and global targets related to hygiene and sanitation,
- Discuss progress according to previous recommendations made in the two national workshops on CBEHPP,
- Exchange amongst stakeholders on what has and what hasn’t worked in the implementation of CBEHPP in their respective districts of operation as a basis of learning amongst all stakeholders,
- Validation of research studies assessing the implementation of CBEHPP in Rulindo and Bugesera districts,
- Present a new harmonized reporting tool for CBEHPP,
- Promote a culture of information sharing for accountability, collaboration and learning amongst WASH stakeholders, and
- Discuss better coordination of multi sector stakeholders for the realization of the challenge and need for collaboration in the achievement of universal access to sustainable hygiene practice
The expected results from the third national CBEHPP workshop include a common and detailed understanding of status of CBEHPP, consensus on a harmonized reporting tool for monitoring CBEHPP and a joint plan/ way forward in addressing discussed issues among different actors and partners.
The representatives of USAID and MoH addressed opening remarks respectively.
The representative of USAID–Nicole Mukunzi, health promotion and WASH specialist, in his opening remarks, said USAID has included CBEHPP in its projects design as an effective and affordable way to reach and support communities in Rwanda. This is because, she said, USAID knows the program will be successful. Nicole Mukunzi continued saying that USAID wishes to see more partners engaging in the implementation of CBEHPP with increased collaboration to avoid duplication. Nicole Mukunzi said USAID is pleased to be part of the momentum and confirmed USAID will continue to support the Government of Rwanda efforts.
On behalf of the Minister of Health, Director General of Clinical and Public Services addressed his opening remarks, expressing his pleasure to be present in the workshop organised to and discuss with field stakeholders on how far are we, what should be accelerated, and what should we do to achieve health outcomes. Indeed, he mentioned, health promotion is important to achieve development goals of Rwanda and to achieve well being of citizens that why CBEHPP was started in 2009 and is being implemented country wide. Therefore, he continued thanking the participants for coming, and thanked partners who supported technically and financially the event as well as CBEHPP implementation. On these remarks, he declared the workshop opened and wished a successful workshop and practical recommendations out of the discussions.